Choice and Structure for Children with Autism: Second Edition

November 02 10:50 2022
Choice and Structure for Children with Autism: Second Edition
Choice and Structure for Children with Autism: Second Edition by Collette McNeil

A special education teacher’s guide to creating a structure where there is none.

Children across the United States have been on a roller coaster during the COVID-19 pandemic. One week they are in school, the next they aren’t. Now, many schools are reopening just to shut down again. The average family’s sense of stability and control has been wiped out.

This sudden loss of structure has been especially devastating for children with autism. With school and other activities cancelled, parents have had to take on the nearly impossible task of creating a fresh and stimulating environment while stuck in the same spaces, with the same items, every day. To combat this challenge, this book will help parents establish:

– structured choices

– specific activity zones

– options for low, medium and high-energy activities

– activities of predetermined durations to fit the needs of the moment

– visual cues to help your children know what to expect, what to do, and when to do it.

Every section of this book is backed up with real life examples of how these practical tips have been applied successfully. Applying these practices to your day-to-day life will create an atmosphere of clear and effective communication and a sense of security in otherwise tumultuous times.

“an absolute must as a coping recourse for parents of autistic children” MidWest Book Review



Colette McNeil has 30 years of experience serving children with autism and other special needs as a special education teacher, recreation supervisor, after-school program coordinator, respite care worker and family member. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and specializes in supporting communication and positive engagement with children with autism. 

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